KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 – Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Razak reminded the party’s delegates to not repeat the mistakes done by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “I still remember Tun Mahathir repeatedly telling this assembly on why he had lost. “He explained that in a one on one competition, if 3,000 votes were taken from us and 3,000 votes were given to the opposition, the deficits wouldn’t be 3,000, but 6,000.
“That was why he said he had lost as the Malays votes weren’t sufficient to support the party. “At the time, he miscalculated that he didn’t need the Chinese votes and he lost. It was a lesson to him,” said Najib in his closing speech at the Umno Annual General Assembly in the Putra World Trade Centre here.
In the 1969 General Election, Dr Mahathir lost to PAS candidate Yusoff Rawa, who won with a majority of 989 votes, after he announced that he didn’t need the Chinese votes to defend his seats. According to Najib, the delegates should look into the country’s history on why former Umno president Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra and Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had formed the alliance and Barisan Nasional.
Although the Malays are still the country’s majority, Umno still needs the support from other races to win general elections. “Look at the recent by-election in Pengkalan Kubor. What was our majority? “I asked how many are Siamese votes? I was told over 1,700. If the 1,700 votes were given to PAS, we would have fallen.
“The Siamese are not that many, but when the 1,700 move over to the other side, the deficit will be 3,400. This is what they say don’t overly cheer until the village is abandoned,” said the Prime Minister. Therefore, Najib insisted on the importance for Umno to keep protecting Barisan Nasional to ensure its continuity.
“Some delegates said we do not need the Chinese votes. Use your brain. “That is why it is important for us to take care of Barisan Nasional, but not sacrifice the principles that are close to the Malays. “It is not only about the general election, but we want build a country where the nation is successful. That is our aim,” he said.